A Tribute to Herb Dengler (1912 - 2002)These drawings and paintings of Herb's were originally posted here as a tribute to Herb on his 90th birthday, this past July. While we now mourn his passing, we present his artwork here in celebration of his life, his passion for nature, and his love of Jasper Ridge. We all miss you, Herb.
As part of a Portola Valley History book project, Nancy Lund, Tor Lund, and Rebecca Young scanned 25 of Herb Dengler's original paintings in 2002. These watercolors were all completed in the late 1980's and early 1990's, and display an attention to botanical and artistic detail that is truly amazing.
About Herb DenglerFor many, Herb Dengler was a link to the time before the dawn of Silicon Valley, when people marked their travel by the shape of the hills, not by freeway signs. A true native, he spent his ninety years walking the Santa Cruz Mountains, particularly Jasper Ridge and Portola Valley, coming to know all its inhabitants–butterflies, fishes, birds, trees, flowers, and people. He loved sharing his knowledge with family, friends, Stanford students, Jasper Ridge docents and visitors. He persistently sought to protect the wildlands while leaving a place for people within it.
He taught the first class of Jasper Ridge docents, helped found the Portola Valley Conservation Committee, and built many trails throughout the area, allowing easy access to the beauty around us. In 1997, the Palo Alto Senior Coordinating Council honored him as having lived a "Lifetime of Achievement." In 1999, he was the honoree at Portola Valley's annual celebration of community and open space, "Blues and Barbecue."
Herb's other great love was art. From an early age, he drew and painted butterflies, fish, birds, and wildflowers. This was during an era when biologists were expected to be competent artists. For many decades, Herb ran a framing and art gallery in Burlingame, later in Palo Alto. He was a well-known restorer of paintings and an expert in Western art.
Herb combined these two great loves in his home and in his own art and writings. For more than fifty years, he and his family lived among the redwoods along Sausal Creek in Portola Valley in a house full of beautiful paintings and prints. His articles and drawings on natural and local history were published in local papers, the Stanford magazine and Peninsula Open Space Trust's Landscapes.
Purchase PrintsThe paintings in this collection of wildflower watercolors were done in the 1980s and 1990s from specimens gathered on Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. They are printed on an Iris printer in a limited edition of 250, each numbered and containing an engraved authentication.
All monies from the sale of the giclée reproductions, printed on acid free paper, benefit Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve or the Portola Valley Open Space Acquisition Fund.
Purchase prices are $90 each for 1-3 prints, $75 each for 4-23 prints, and $1,500 for a complete set of all 24 prints in an attractive acid-free portfolio. Please note that, of the 26 paintings featured on the site, two are not available as prints: Baby blue eyes (Nemophilia menziesii) and Fremont's lily (Zigadenus fremontii).
For more information or to order prints, contact Tor Lund, (650) 851-1072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herb Dengler Wildflower Print PortfolioIn each of these works, Herb focuses our attention on the individual beauty, delicacy, morphology, and essence of our native wildflowers. And in each, his delight and love shine through. Although he died in September of 2002, he left a lasting legacy in the memories of the thousands of people whose lives he touched.